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Rated R · 105 min. · 2013


The Coen brothers imagine the early days of the Greenwich Village folk scene, before the arrival of you-know-who in this ode to the fuzzy line separating artistic purity from creative recalcitrance. Driven by a melodious period soundtrack, the film is part O Brother, Where Art Thou? and part Barton Fink, but with a brooding tone that envelopes its humorous flourishes. For the uninitiated, part of the film's fun is connecting its fictionalized characters to such real-life inspirations as Tom Paxton, Doc Pomus, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Peter, Paul and Mary. The title figure is inspired by Village legend Dave Van Ronk, who once released an album called Inside Dave Van Ronk and, like Llewyn, clung to folk forms rather than more mainstream or "marketable" deviations.

See our full review: The early days of the Greenwich Village folk scene in <i>Inside Llewyn Davis</i>

The early days of the Greenwich Village folk scene in Inside Llewyn Davis

The film's fun is connecting its fictionalized characters to real-life inspirations »

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Director: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Writer: Joel Coen
Producer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and Scott Rudin
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, Justin Timberlake, F. Murray Abraham, Adam Driver, Max Casella, Ricardo Cordero and Ethan Phillips


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